Meet Our Members - Earl Cureton
A brief introduction…
Earl Cureton serves as ambassador to the community for the Detroit Pistons. He is a former professional basketball player with the Pistons, the Clippers and the Bulls. A native of Detroit and graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy, he has served as a volunteer for the Special Olympics and helps package food items for delivery to local shelters.
How long have you been a member of the JCC?
How did you come to the JCC?
Cureton’s introduction to the JCC came in 1979, when he taught a basketball camp for children and teens. A few years later he settled in the neighborhood and decided to become a member. He has been working out ever since, and he appreciates the education his daughter, Sari, received at the Pitt Child Development Center. Sari was 4 when she enrolled at the CDC and now, at 17, she is graduating from high school, plays viola and is president of her school’s National Honor Society.
What’s your favorite thing to do at the JCC?
Cureton comes for a great workout. He goes on the elliptical machine at least an hour a day, and he can often be found in the weight room. Okay, he’s a former basketball star so of course he’s in amazing shape. But fitness is for everyone; “you see plenty of guys 90 and older still working out!” he says.
After the weights and cardio, Cureton heads off to the Executive locker room, where he has made many friends over the years, and conversation is easy and fun.